Advocates Worried About Possible Demolition of Historic Red Hook Warehouse

The building in 2017. Photo by Susan De Vries


Local advocates are spreading the word about a historic Red Hook warehouse they are trying to save.

We received a note over the weekend from PortSide New York, a local nonprofit, about the threat of demolition at the former Lidgerwood Manufacturing Company building, located at 84 Ferris Street (other addresses on building records include 202-240 Coffey Street).

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The building in 2017. Photo by Susan De Vries

Currently, the group tweeted, fencing is placed around the site, which they fear means demolition is coming soon.

The 2015 proposal. Rendering via Est4te Four

They set up a petition in April, not long after demolition permits were filed for the site. “The Red Hook community has a deep historical character and these buildings represent an iconic part of our neighborhood,” wrote Gita Nandan, an architect who first created the petition. Patch was the first to report the news of the petition, which currently has just over 1,500 signatures.

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The 2015 proposal. Rendering via Est4te Four

Lidgerwood built the red brick building in 1882 as an iron foundry to manufacture machinery, according to research by Columbia preservation students.

The shipping company UPS purchased the site in December 2017 for $303 million. The company filed an application for a demolition permit for the former factory building in March.

Previous plans by Italian developer Est4te Four were for a massive office complex on the site, which never came to fruition.

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